Derby County vs Wigan Athletic – Match Preview

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Doom & Gloom has set in, there are some ‘lightsiders’ within the TNS office that are trying to keep morale up but the ‘darksiders’ are finding the force is with them.

Bert has also been down to B&Q @ Robin Park to see how much it would cost to paint the office Black to suit his mood!  Though we have said we need to take a vote & buy some desk lamps in case the vote goes through with the ‘darksiders’.

As for the game, the match is Derby County vs Wigan Athletic, the match is the 14th in the Sky Bet Championship.  This will be played at Pride Park (iPro) Stadium, on Saturday the 25th October at 3pm.

Derby County are currently Top of the Championship with 26 pts, Wigan are languishing in 19th place with just 12 points.  Of course I don’t need to tell you whose top, we are playing them. #shouldbefun

Last time out saw Wigan draw 0-0 at the DW against Millwall in another dull affair, hence the ‘darksiders’ in the TNS office gaining the strength.  For Derby County, it was a 1-0 win away to Blackpool which took them to the top of the table.  In fact it was Derby’s 6th game on the spin were they have kept a clean sheet, it equalled a record that was 102 years old, I assume if Wigan don’t score this weekend (which is a possibility), they’ll break a Club record.

Overall looking at recent form coming into this game, it’s not good reading for Wigan, but very positive for Derby, for the last 6 games, Wigan are 22nd & Derby are 1st in the form table:

  • Wigan P 6 W 0 D 4 L 2 (Draws with Forest, Wolves, Brentford & Millwall)
  • Derby P 6 W 4 D 2 L 0 (Wins against Bolton, Bournemouth, Reading & Blackpool)

Previous Games between the 2, both were in the Championship last season, with the away side winning both games, Wigan winning 1-0 on New Year’s Day & Derby winning 3-1 at the DW in December.  Overall there have been 13 games, with Wigan winning 6, Derby 4 and 3 draws.  Thanks to Cockney Latic for the head to head info.

Referee from the Game will be Robert Madley, his assistants are Andrew Halliday & Marc Perry.  Robert’s 4th bloke will be Mark Brown.

Previous matches for Robert for both teams, saw him officiate Wigan’s 1- 0 defeat to Cardiff at the start of the season & he dished out 1 yellow card.  For Derby, Robert officiated last season’s 2-0 defeat against Burnley in March, which saw 4 yellow cards & 1 red card.

Team News for Wigan is around both Watson & McCann and when they may get on the bench after long term injuries.  For Derby, I’ll see if I can pick up any news on Injuries but as they didn’t have any early subs against Blackpool, everything should be as it was for Steve McClaren.

The Bookies see the game; you’d expect they are going for a home win, with 64% going for Derby to gain 3 more points, 21% for the draw & the remaining 15% amazingly for Wigan driving back across the country with 3 pts.

For me I just want to see a goal from Wigan!  It’s been just 2 goals in 5 games, both against Wolves, in fact since September Wigan have scored just 4 goals in 720 minutes, come on Wigan hit the back of the net.

Andy

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